This firm is making big efforts to keep its new summer home-range good value without sacrificing style.
Its leaf motif melamine picnicware dinner plates start from only £2.50 and they can be mixed up with plain colours; FSC-certified timber directors’ chairs with red canvas seats are £59 a pair (right), and the home appliance range has been extended to include more than 3,000 appliances and gadgets, including the Smeg retro fridge in lime green, currently reduced online from £929 to £849.
We have £100 worth of Marks and Spencer gift vouchers to give away to five lucky winners.
Visit www.marksandspencer-appliances.com or call 0845 603 1603.
Reader offer: free entry to The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair, Battersea
21 to 26 April 2009
A great source of some of the best shabby chic in London. Some 120 exhibitors will be selling a wider than-ever range of curiosities and delights, from garden wirework and vintage tea towels to retro furniture and Fornasetti porcelain pots.
Admission is usually £8 on the door including catalogue but H&P readers will get one free admission with each copy of this page brought along to the fair.
Free shuttle Silver Renault Espace vehicles go from outside Sloane Square Hotel, Sloane Square every 15 minute to The Marquee, Battersea Park, SW11. Call 020 7624 5173, or visit www.decorativefair.com.
Glass acts in the house of the great Danes
Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat has just opened a flagship showroom in a former Victorian factory in Shoreditch.
The space has been designed by graphic designer Peter Saville in collaboration with architect David Adjaye, using blocks of coloured glass as a balustrade and slabs of concrete for tables and benches.
It is one of the most interesting new showroom spaces in town and perfectly complements this company’s cutting-edge textile style, which includes an amazing blended 3D fabric called Clouds designed by the Bouroullec brothers (right), and a vibrant Paul Smith stripe (£154.70 per metre). Kvadrat is open by appointment only at 10 Shepherdess Walk, N1. Call 020 7324 5555 or visit www.kvadrat.dk.
Queen of the bag ladies Lulu Guinness has introduced new bedlinen into her home range, including a dusty pink-and-white design in satin silk called China Rose (cushions included feather-filled pads from £50), a stunning limited edition petrol blue silk throw embroidered with colourful butterflies (£1,800), as well as her trademark fuchsia pink rose bedlinen, affectionately named Life is a Bed of Roses. Available from 3 Ellis Street, SW1.
Visit www.luluguinness.com or call 020 7823 4828.
The Designers’ Guild Warehouse sale takes place from Saturday 9 May to Sunday 17 May 2009, with discounts of up to 75 per cent off all ranges including William Yeoward and Jasper Conran collections, DG wallpapers, fabrics, quilts, blankets, cushions, rugs, bedlinen and towels.
Selected wallpapers from £2 a roll and fabrics from £2 a metre. Weekdays 9am-5pm, Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 11am-3pm. Designers’ Guild Warehouse, 6 Relay Road, W12 7SJ (020 7893 7400).
Book of the week
Provençal Escapes: Inspirational Homes in Provence and the Cote d’Azur by Caroline Clifton-Mogg
With photography by Christopher Drake, this is the book (£16.99, pulished by RPS) that makes you want to drop everything and go and live in Provence, despite how much property there costs.
Every manor, farmhouse or modest château featured on these pages boasts beautiful old interiors which have been sensitively restored by their owners - but nothing too fussy - then furnished with the best that the local antique fairs have to offer. Bedlinen is white and crisp, windows are open and the living is easy.
Baroque ’n’ roll
Go and see Baroque 1620-1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7. On until 19 July. Clumpy, lush, blowsy flourishes of animated carving and gilding preceded the age of Rococo elegance that would follow.
Feast your eyes on prized paintings, sculptures, clothes and metalware from the great houses and courts of Europe that were awash with money. For full details, visit www.vam.ac.uk.